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Two-Up Hardcover – February 1, 2006

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"To read Eric Miles Williamson is to encounter the grim humor of a blue-collar Nathaniel West or the fierceness of a male Flannery O'Connor."-Robert Phillips "Two-Up is a comi-tragic, western story of gunite workers, the Short-Timers of the construction work genre. Which, of course, there is none. If there did happen to be more than two other books of its kind, I assure you that this surrealistic, hyper-real novel would still be the very best."-Dagoberto Gilb"

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ERIC MILES WILLIAMSON has been a gunite worker, cement mason, carpet layer, professional trumpet player, mover, lumper, asphalt worker, demolitionist, backhoe operator, forklift operator, college professor, jackhammer operator, architectural engineer, gas station attendant, construction foreman, dump truck driver, and longshoreman. His first novel, East Bay Grease, was a PEN/Hemingway finalist. He lives with his wife, Judy, and their children in rural Missouri.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Texas Review Press (February 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1881515745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1881515746
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,624,530 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By J. Mark Bertrand on May 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Reading TWO-UP is like watching a new genre emerge fully formed from the primordial soup. These hardboiled gunite men grow to archetypal proportions. Williamson owns this material and unpacks it with authority. I started reading and had to drop everything to see it through to the end, that's how compelling the novel is. If you were amazed by the combustible intensity of his first novel, EAST BAY GREASE, you'll experience the same thing here. Something visceral thrashes under the surface of this tight prose. It will not leave you unshaken.
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Williamson's first book, "East Bay Grease," featured a messy, incomprehensible plot. Two-Up is slightly better, but it comes off as boring and uninspired. The author's attempt to bring the working class to life falls considerably short. If you're looking for true working-class literature, read Dagoberto Gilb, Richard Lange, or Chris Offut. Those writers speak with genuine voices.
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